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Harlow Cycling Club help community group prepare for skills day

Communities / Thu 11th Apr 2024 at 08:10am

HARLOW Cycling Club’s Chair, Sjaak van der Poel, spent Saturday afternoon with a team made up of club members to help the Cycle Recycle project which is one of the many projects run by Roots to Wellbeing CIC.  

Vincent, Craig and Jeff washed bikes, pumped tyres and serviced a container full of 19 bikes which had been donated by the Lambourne End Activity centre.

Running alongside this hive of activity, there were youngsters and parents turning up to find a bike which was the correct size for them, in preparation for their Bikeability Level 1 and ‘Learn To’ course.

The course which Roots to Wellbeing have organised with Active Essex/HAF Clubs and Bikeability Essex took place on Wednesday 10 April and was fully booked. It is recycling at the grass roots level: Bikes which the young cyclists had outgrown were donated and, in return, were replaced with a bike for the next size up.

“As cyclists, we know the benefits cycling can bring” said Sjaak, “Harlow has over 39 miles of cycle paths which families can all ride together. If a child can have confidence to ride a bike, it gives them a freedom and independence for life.”

Last Summer, Roots to Wellbeing ran an inclusive cycling day to launch the ICAN project (Inclusive Cycling Around the Neighbourhood). Tara Whittle, founder and Director of Roots to Wellbeing said, “We see the Harlow Cycle Recycle project as a vehicle – pun completely intended – to provide bikes for families that are in need of transport. We had such a success rate from holding the event on just one day last year and have a waiting list of over 20 people – adults and children – who have applied for a bike from us. We have managed to donate over 101 bikes, however, we do need some sort of storage facility where people can drop off their donations and collect serviced bikes. We thought we had identified a site but delays have meant that we probably need to have a contingency plan in place.”

Recent donations have included a ladies Canondale aluminium road bike, an adults electric bike and a ladies Trek mountain bike. “These bikes will be sold once they have received a full service and the funds ploughed back into the project” explained Tara, “Lee Valley Cycles and Harlow Cycling Club are very much part of the Roots to Wellbeing family and we grateful for all of their knowledge and support for our projects.”

A spokesperson for Roots to Wellbeing said, “We know that many people will be wanting to donate bikes to us and as soon as we have a storage facility up and running we will be able to take them and hand them back out to those on our waiting list. We will be looking to have a meeting with Harlow Council, sooner rather than later, to see what options are available to us as a CIC to continue providing an invaluable service to the community.”

For more information on Harlow Cycling Club, please use this link to contact them via their website.

If any local companies would like to become involved any of the Roots to Wellbeing projects as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, please email [email protected] or [email protected] for further information.

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